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Mental Health

CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH MENTAL HEALTH

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being and state of mind of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment.

Just as physical fitness helps our bodies to stay strong, mental well-being helps us to maintain a sound mind.

According to  World Health Organisation (WHO), 1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. This implies that in most communities, there will be people who are dealing with mental health challenges.

The impact of this startling index is that it has become necessary to raise awareness and sensitize the general public on how to care for people with mental health challenges.

Taking on the role of providing care for someone with a mental health challenge is a big commitment. To give the person you are caring for the best chance of recovery it is important that you find out how to support someone with a mental health challenge, get as much information as you can about their illness, be open and honest with them at all times, and most importantly, look after yourself.

Family and friends may want to be regularly updated on the person’s condition, medication and living situation, while the person may want more privacy than that. As a mental health caregiver, it will be your job to manage these conversations and keep the stress levels down as much as possible.
Providing care for someone with a mental health challenge involves thinking through what is involved and how it will affect your life, doing some research into the type of mental illness the caree has, talking to others who have cared for someone in a similar situation and the type of emotional, financial and practical support you will need.

In order to provide good support to the person you are caring for, try to:
• read about the mental health challenge from reputable websites
• encourage them to take an active role in their mental health recovery, get out and see people and enjoy a healthy lifestyle
• set limits and let them know what you can do for them and what you are not able to provide
• join a mental health support group to meet other people in a similar situation
• take any talk of suicide or self-harm seriously and speak to a mental healthcare professional about it as soon as possible.

Each person is unique and this impacts the way they are cared for.

Caring can be challenging, physically and emotionally demanding and unrelenting, but for the right person, it can also be one of the most rewarding or gratifying experiences in life. Making small, gradual changes can have a positive impact on one’s mental health.

 

References
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/servicesandsupport/caring-for-someone -with-mental-illness/

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-illness-basics#3-6

https://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/

 

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TYPES OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PREVENTION TECHNIQUES

Types of communicable diseases and prevention techniques

What is a communicable disease?

A communicable disease is one that is spread from one person to another through a variety of ways that include: contact with blood and bodily fluids; breathing in an airborne virus; or by being bitten by an insect.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES PREVENTION TECHNIQUES
HIV/AIDS

 

Get tested to know you and your partner’s status. Always use condoms during intercourse.
CHICKEN POX Children between 12 to 15 months of age should be given varicella vaccine, then a booster shot for further protection between 4 to 6 years of age.

 

THE FLU Wash your hands, Get Vaccinated, Keep Sanitizers handy , Eat healthy and Get adequate rest
LICE Cut hair, keep it short and clean, Brush or Comb daily,. Don’t share brushes, combs and avoid head-to-head contact
RINGWORM Avoid activities that involve head-to-head contact. Don’t share personal items used on your hair, head and other clothing
TUBERCULOSIS Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG) Vaccine to be given at birth on the upper left arm.

Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterwards

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS): Always use condoms during sexual intercourse and remember to get tested

 

Preventing communicable diseases while simultaneously strengthening the treatment and control programs that exist in health care systems is vital to decreasing the global disease burden.

If you need medical attention or have sexual health concerns, Call Healthboxes on 09091111129 or 08097560000 to schedule hospital appointments and medical check-ups.

REFERENCES
http://www.acphd.org/communicable-disease.aspx

https://www.globalhealthlearning.org/certificate-programs

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html

https://medlineplus.gov/sexuallytransmitteddiseases.html

https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/understanding-stds-prevention

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DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN

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Although most people think of depression as an adult illness, children and teenagers can develop depression as well. Unfortunately, many children with depression go untreated because adults don't
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